Michael Crichton's 'Pirate Latitudes' published posthumously

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On November 24, Michael Crichton's final complete novel will be published internationally by HarperCollins. Pirate Latitudes was discovered as a complete manuscript in the author's files after his death in 2008.

Written contemporaneously with 2006's Next, Pirate Latitudes is an adventure story set in the Caribbean in 1665, when the English colony of Jamaica is holding out against the Spanish Empire. It is the first of two of the author's posthumous works Harper Collins will publish; the second, due out in fall 2010, will be a technological thriller based on a narrative Crichton had begun in notes and files.

Michael Crichton's novels, including State of Fear, Prey, The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, and Timeline, have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide. They have been translated into 36 languages, and 13 have been made into films.

Pirate Latitudes is listed at $27.99 and is available for pre-order at sites including Harper Collins and Amazon. Beginning November 24, it will be available online and at bookstores worldwide.